As well as being compared against other compacts, the Olympus C-500 Zoom is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs. The Olympus C-500 Zoom's top rivals come from Canon (such as the EOS 700D and the PowerShot S95) and Nikon (such as the D3300)

Competitor classes

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus C-500 Zoom compared to other compact competitors include: it has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/2), has a much narrower wide angle lens (38 mm vs 28 mm), has a much smaller screen (1.8" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (85k dots vs 461k dots) and is slightly larger (compact (105×61×36 mm) vs compact (100×58×30 mm)).

Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95
5 years newer
$315

Significant advantages of the S95 (vs the C-500 Zoom)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 38 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 1.8"

Significant disadvantages of the S95 (vs the C-500 Zoom)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/1600 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the S95 and C-500 Zoom

  • Wide aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus C-500 Zoom compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it is much smaller (compact (105×61×36 mm) vs professional size (133×100×79 mm)), is thinner (1.4" vs 3.1") and is significantly lighter (190 g vs 580 g).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (320 x 240 @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much smaller screen (1.8" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (85k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (4.9 MP vs 24.2 MP) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Canon EOS 700D

Canon EOS 700D
8 years newer
$532 (body only)
$598 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 700D (vs the C-500 Zoom)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 4.9 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 85k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 1.8"

Significant disadvantages of the 700D (vs the C-500 Zoom)

  • Much larger: Professional size (133×100×79 mm) vs Compact (105×61×36 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.4"
  • Much heavier: 580 g vs 190 g

common strengths of the 700D and C-500 Zoom

  • None found

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
9 years newer
$473 (body only)
$399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the C-500 Zoom)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 4.9 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 85k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 1.8"

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the C-500 Zoom)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×98×76 mm) vs Compact (105×61×36 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 1.4"
  • Significantly heavier: 430 g vs 190 g

common strengths of the D3300 and C-500 Zoom

  • Light weight: 430 g vs 190 g